Robert Scheer, a contributing editor to The Nation, is editor of Truthdig.com and author of The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street (Nation Books), The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America (Twelve) and Playing President (Akashic Books). He is author, with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry, of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (Akashic Books and Seven Stories Press.) His weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.
How convenient that seemingly everyone in the liberal blogosphere, and even at many points to the right, got to use Senator Jim Bunning as a scapegoat.
Banks do have a license to steal. There is no other way to read Tuesday's report from the New York state comptroller that bonuses for Wall Street financiers rose 17 percent to $20.3 billion in 2009.
"What is this Goldman Sachs and why has it caused us so much grief?" is a question they must be asking in even the most remote of Greek villages, as they are throughout much of this economically troubled world.
"Buyer's remorse" is the way John Cornyn, the Senate Republicans' fundraiser, gleefully refers to Wall Street moguls' current disenchantment with the US president they thought they had bought.
Obama's endorsement of what he calls the 'Volcker Rule' for once puts him squarely on the side of ordinary Americans as opposed to the banking bandits who have so thoroughly fleeced the public.
The state of the union is just miserable, no matter how President Obama sugarcoats it.
Obama's opportunistic search for win-win solutions to our healthcare concerns and our larger economic problems is leading to a lose-lose outcome for the president and the country.
In the great American tradition of finding foreign scapegoats for our problems, the hunt is on to somehow hold China responsible for the misery that Wall Street financiers inflicted upon the world.
Although Obama has blasted "fat cat bankers on Wall Street," it is time for those who elected him to ask for more than rhetoric.
There is no "war" against terrorism. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler's underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.